Conservative commentator and Director of Urban Engagement for Turning Point USA, Candace Owens, urged the black community to protect the National Rifle Association (NRA), reminding them that the pro-Second Amendment group started out as a means to protect against the KKK.

Owens appeared on Fox & Friends this past Sunday and proudly announced, “I just joined the NRA.”

She then set about providing viewers with a brief history lesson on why the organization is such a vital piece of history for African-Americans.

“I’m a black American,” Owens explained, “and I know that the NRA was started as a civil rights organization training black Americans to arm themselves and to defend themselves against the KKK.”

Owens is correct and clearly knows her history, a topic some students from Parkland, Florida, have failed to grasp in their push to abolish the NRA.

She added that “Democrats have been good at wiping away history and re-writing it” when it comes to the Second Amendment-supporting group.

Historians agree.

In his book ‘Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America,’ UCLA law professor Adam Winkler writes, “Few people realize it, but the Ku Klux Klan began as a gun control organization.”

“After the Civil War, the Klan and other violent racist groups sought to reaffirm white supremacy, which required confiscating the guns blacks had obtained for the first time during the conflict,” he wrote.

Author Ann Coulter also shared knowledge of the NRA as a counter to the KKK.

Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice recently shared a story in which her father and their neighbors used guns as a means to protect their community from Klan racists.

“Let me tell you why I’m a defender of the Second Amendment,” Rice began. “I was a little girl growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, in the late fifties, early sixties. There was no way that Bull Connor and the Birmingham Police were going to protect you.”

“And so when White Knight Riders would come through our neighborhood,” she continued, “my father and his friends would take their guns and they’d go to the head of the neighborhood, it’s a little cul-de-sac and they would fire in the air, if anybody came through.”

“I don’t think they actually ever hit anybody. But they protected the neighborhood,” Rice concluded.

As for Owens, she wants to see black Americans rise up and defend the NRA.

“It’s very important that black Americans take a stand and protect the NRA in the same way that they defended us,” she said.

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